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The Sporkenburg is a late medieval castle ruin about one kilometre south of Eitelborn in the district of Westerwaldkreis in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate.
The ruins of the spur castle lie within the parish of the village of Eitelborn in the Westerwald hills above the L 329 between Bad Ems and Arzbach. Located in the middle of the forest, the Sporkenburg is not easy to find. The easiest option is to follow the signs along the castle path (Burgweg) into the woods from the eastern exit of the village of Eitelborn aus (Erlenweg, near the cemetery). Pass through the barrier and take the right hand path from the crosstracks which leads gently downhill. Alternatively take the ascent from the L 329 from where the castle can be seen above the valley. The ruins are not managed and are freely accessible at any time.
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Bad Ems is a city in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It is the county seat of the Rhein-Lahn rural district and is well-known as a bathing resort on the river Lahn. Bad Ems is the seat of the Verbandsgemeinde (
collective municipality) Bad Ems.
The town is built on both sides of the River Lahn, the natural border between the Taunus and the Westerwald, two parts of the Rhenish Slate Mountains. The town and its outer districts are also within the Nassau (Nassau vacation rentals | Nassau travel guide) Nature Reserve. The town is linked to a view point at the Bismarckturm (Bismarck Tower) by the Kurwaldbahn funicular railway.
Things to See in Bad Ems
- Kurhaus and baroque Badeschloss Karlsburg
- Wells Hall
- Kursaalgebäude with Kurtheater, marble hall, casino and cafe-restaurant
- Kurwaldbahn and Bismarck tower
- Katholische St. Martinskirche (Neo-Gothic, built from 1866 to 1882), is: SANDTNER organ dating from 1995 (III/42), high altar of 1880, ausgemalter choir with images from the life of Saint Martin
- Katholische Kirche Maria Königin, built in 1661, Schöler organ of 1831
- Evangelische Martinskirche (with original Romanesque basilica, in the 18th century, restored)
- Evangelische Kaiser-Wilhelm Kirche (Neo-Romanesque)
- Russisch-Orthodoxe Kirche inaugurated 1876, gilded central dome
- Bismarck Tower
- Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial (Kurpark)
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More about the History of Bad Ems
In Roman times, a castle was built at Bad Ems as part of the Upper Germanic Limes, but today not much of the structure remains. In the woods around the town, however, there are distinct traces of the former Roman border.
The town was first mentioned in official documents in 880 and received its town charter in 1324. The Counts of Nassau and the Counts of Katzenelnbogen rebuilt the bath. The high noble Counts loved to use it inviting friends. Days in the bath were often days with musicians and all kinds of food even swimming in the pool. In the 17th and 18th centuries it was considered one of Germany's most famous bathing resorts. It reached its heyday in the 19th century when it welcomed visitors from all over the world and became the summer residence of various European monarchs and artists, including Kaiser Wilhelm I of Germany, Tsars Nicholas I and Alexander II of Russia, Richard Wagner, Fyodor Dostoevsky and Vasili Vasilyevich Vereshchagin, etc.
In 1870 the town, then part of Prussian Hesse-Nassau, became famous as the place where the Ems Dispatch originated, instigating the Franco-Prussian War. In 1876, in the Haus Vier Türme (Four Tower House), the Ems Edict was signed by Alexander II of Russia, banning the use of the Ukrainian language. Today, a monument at the spot commemorates this historical event.
[ source: wikipedia ]
Bad Ems is a city in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It is the county seat of the Rhein-Lahn rural district and is well-known as a bathing resort on the river Lahn. Bad Ems is the seat of the Verbandsgemeinde ("collective municipality") Bad Ems.
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